The Job Interview – Health and Fitness through Dancing

October 5, 2012   The young man, John, sat nervously in the waiting room looking at his smartphone. He wore polished shoes, a freshly cleaned suit, and a crisp new shirt. In his hand was his job description and resume. John knew he was perfect for the job. He saw an interior door open and the company VP escorted an …

Eeyore, My Champion! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

September 28, 2012   Someone said to me recently, “Your favorite Disney character must be Tigger!” I just could not burst their bubble and tell them that it is truly Eeyore.  I have a collection of Eeyore memorabilia at home, from soft Eeyores to Lenox collectables, in my china case. Why Eeyore?  Well, he is the champ of all those …

Laughter is the Best Medicine – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Thursday, September 20, 2012   “You can’t change a person.” “They’ll always be that way.” “Those habits are ingrained in them.” “Well, he’s too old to change.” “A tiger can’t change his stripes.” When I see someone who irritates me to death, and I just can’t stand something about them, I suddenly realize that I am seeing in them a …

Attitude is Your Best Accessory… Wear it Well! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, September 14, 2012   Thank you, Toni Yamin, for this blog idea. Having a good attitude, how can we get it? Just look around. Stand on the corner of a busy intersection at rush hour and watch and listen. You’ll see quite an array of personalities in many states of mind. Generally, you’ll see a lot of people in …

The Inspiration of Others Will Lift You Up! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, September 7, 2012   Thanks, Christy Melgoza, for this blog idea. Christy walked up to me today and asked, “How was the Disneyland Half Marathon?”, and I said, “GREAT!” We started at 5:45 AM along with 17,000 runners at Disneyland in Anaheim. Yes, we trained for, ran, and finished a 13.1 mile foot race! I thought my running days …

Who Do You Feed? – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 31, 2012   An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which …

When God Closes A Door – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 24, 2012   “Well, that opportunity passed me by.” “I’ll never have another chance to do that again.” “O, I missed it!” “Why didn’t that work out for me?” “How could I have been wrong about that?” “That will never happen again”. Don’t you hate it when you just miss something? A deadline for a dance comp, late …

The Talents, Being a Good Steward! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 17, 2012 “Well, I’m just not talented enough to dance” “He’s better than I am” “They have all the ability and I just can’t learn” I’m here to tell you: no matter if you have only one gift, or many gifts, you just have to use them.  If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm, and if you …

It's Never Too Late! The Story of Grandma Moses – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 10, 2012   Anna Mary Robertson, born from humble beginnings on September 7, 1860 in New York, said her paintings were rooted in her ability to make ‘something from nothing’. She turned out her first picture when she was 76 years old, and during her lifetime she painted more than 1,000 pictures, twenty-five of them after she had …

Surround Yourself with the Best – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, August 3, 2012   “You Become the People You Surround Yourself With”   Surround yourself with people you want to become like. Wisely choose the company you keep. Be unyielding in surrounding yourself with those who bring out the best in you, your life’s direction depends on it. Remember to have the courage to be a friend and mentor …

The Second Vision – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, July 20, 2012   I was having a rough time a few years ago. Someone was making my life miserable, or so I thought.  There seemed to be no answer, no way out.  Then, I had a vision. Picture this: The subject of my torture was standing, smiling, as he was holding balloons in his hand. As he smiled …

Don't Let It Change You! – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, July 6, 2012   Ok, I’m a retired choleric. After so many years of dancing, running, and life, I have become a sanguine. I haven’t laughed this much in years. Yes, I’m a list-maker melancholy deep in my heart, and I do try to please others as a phlegmatic, but now, it’s time to laugh and be happy. The …

Storm the Castle – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, June 29, 2012 “The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” Robert Cushing The battle Joshua was leading the Israelites across Jordan into Canaan. There they laid siege to Jericho. They …

Self Talk – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, June 15, 2012   “Well, that was stupid” “You are so dumb” “What in idiot” “I’ll never get it” “I just give up” Wow, have you said these things aloud to yourself? Ever heard someone else say this to themselves? I bet you have. Try some revitalization talk. “Let’s try that one again” “OK, start over” “I know I’ll …

Visualization and Imagery – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, June 1, 2012   “Focus, Concentration, Visualization, Imagery, Realization!”   “If you can see yourself doing it, you can make it happen”. Toni Yamin Let’s chat about how to make something wonderful happen in our lives. How to set life goals and the ways to achieve them. To start with, I detest setting goals.  I think they’re opaque and …

Who is Your Hero? – Health and Fitness through Dancing

Friday, May 25, 2012   Who are the mentors in your life? I have several. First are Dan Schwalla and Joe Christian. These are two men who guide me spiritually and show me that I am wanted, needed, and that I can always make a difference in someone else’s life. My next hero was my dad.  When Colonel Woodbury passed, …